Myth 5. The only way to train abs is by bending forward
The best ab exercises out there don’t involve a crunching motion at all.
Moves like the overhead press, front squat, deadlift, and pullup hit the abs harder than anything that involves crunching forward, aka “spinal flexion.” Plus, spinal flexion puts the back in a terrible position, which can lead to serious injury. Swap the crunches for more overhead presses and watch heads turn this summer.
Alternatively, you can stay perfectly still. Exercises like the plank and side plank put lots of demands on your abs, even as you’re not moving. (That’s called an isometric exercise.)
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